leadership and sacrifice

Here are two great quotes on the nature of true leadership:

"I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.  He who is a hired hand, and not the shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.  He flees because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep.  I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep." (John 10:11-15)

"In his self-sacrifice for the sheep, Jesus presents the true model for leadership.  The aim of many leaders today is their own glory.  Not truly loving those they lead, they use them as a means to their own personal satisfaction.  It is the leadership of the hireling, not of the shepherd.  This principle is certainly not confined to the church.  Leadership, whether in political life, industry, business, or community, follows one of these two routes.  Either it is directed to the self-life of the leader, or it is directed selflessly for the good of those who are led.  The former is the way of the world, which leads to death; the latter is the way of Jesus, which leads to life." (Bruce Milne, The Message of John, 149).

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